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Environmental Testing

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Wastewater Sampling Kit and Testing Service
EPA, State and local regulations require monitoring the composition of wastewater before it is discharged to the sewage system. To address this need PCAS has developed a “wastewater sampling kit” including all the necessary materials to take a sample and ship it back to the laboratory. The service includes pH, Chlorides, Oil & Grease, Heavy Metals (Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Lead, Nickel, Silver and Zinc), Cyanides (Free and Total) and Dissolved Sulfides testing. Additional analyses are available for a fee.

The process starts with clients prepaying for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards. accepted). Then PCAS will mail the kit to the client by ground service (additional fees apply for overnight shipping). Clients take the sample and ship it back to our lab along with a complete sample submission form (blank form and instructions included with the kit). Samples must arrive to our lab within 24 hours.

Once samples arrive at PCAS they are immediately logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the chemical laboratory for testing. There our experienced Environmental Chemists perform analyses under a rigorous quality control program using EPA recommended methods and state of the art equipment.

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Normal turn around for results is 10 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.

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Stormwater Sampling Kit and Testing Service
EPA, State and local regulations require monitoring the composition of stormwater as part of pollution prevention programs. To address this need PCAS has developed a “storm water sampling kit” including all the necessary materials to take a sample and ship it back to the laboratory. The service includes pH, Conductivity, Oil & Grease and Total Suspended Solids testing. Additional analyses are available for a fee.

The process starts with clients prepaying for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards. accepted). Then PCAS will mail the kit to the client by ground service (additional fees apply for overnight shipping). Clients take the sample and ship it back to our lab along with a complete sample submission form (blank form and instructions included with the kit). Samples must arrive to our lab within 24 hours

Once samples arrive to PCAS they are immediately logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the chemical laboratory for testing. There our experienced Environmental Chemists perform analyses under a rigorous quality control program using EPA recommended methods and state of the art equipment.

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Normal turn around for results is 10 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.

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Water Potability Kit and Testing Service
Many times it becomes necessary to assess the potability of drinking water. For instance, when moving into a home that has been closed for a long time or when repairs have been made to an existing drinking water. To address these needs, PCAS has developed a “water potability kit” containing all the necessary materials to take a sample of drinking water and ship it back to the laboratory. The service includes total bacteria count and total coliforms count testing. Additional analyses (e.g. Total Dissolved Solids) are available for a fee.

The process starts with clients prepaying for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards. accepted). Then PCAS will mail the kit to the client by ground service (additional fees apply for overnight shipping). Clients take the sample and ship it back to our lab along with a complete sample submission form (blank form and instructions included with the kit). Samples must arrive to our lab within 24 hours.

Once samples arrive to PCAS they are immediately logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the microbiology laboratory for testing. There our experienced Food Microbiologists perform analyses under a rigorous quality control program using EPA recommended methods and state of the art equipment. Analyses include the enumeration of Total Heterotrophic Bacteria Count and Total Coliforms. The first test provides an assessment of the total contamination of bacteria when the second one focuses on detecting fecal contamination.

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Normal turn around for results is 5 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.

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Surface Cleanliness Check Kit and Testing Service
The evaluation of overall cleanliness of a surface becomes necessary for many domestic and industrial applications. To address this need PCAS has developed an “environmental cleanliness check kit” containing all necessary materials to swab a surface area of concern and send it back to the lab for evaluation. The service includes Total Bacteria Count, Total Coliforms Count, E. coli (fecal indicator), Staphylococcus aureus and Mold Count. Other analyses are available for a fee.

The process starts with clients prepaying for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards. accepted). Then PCAS will mail the kit to the client by ground service (additional fees apply for overnight shipping). Clients swab the area in question and ship the swab back to our lab along with a complete sample submission form (blank form and instructions included with the kit). Samples must arrive to our lab within 24 hours.

Once samples arrive to PCAS they are immediately logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the microbiology laboratory for testing. There our experienced Environmental Microbiologists perform analyses under a rigorous quality control program using EPA, FDA and/or USDA recommended methods and state of the art equipment

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Normal turn around for results is 10 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.

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24 hr Composite Sampling
EPA, State and local regulations require 24 hour on site composite sampling of wastewater before it is discharged to the sewage system. To address this need PCAS has developed an onsite “24 hr composite sampling” service using ISCO instrumentation. Service is restricted to the following Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino. Lab testing is not included and can be quoted separately.

The process starts with clients prepaying for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards. accepted). Once the order is received, our Project Managers will call the client to schedule the sampling and pre-notify the City if required.

On the scheduled date, our experienced Field Technicians will install an ISCO sampler programmed to take samples throughout a 24 hr period. Samples will then be taken to the lab for testing.

Once samples arrive to PCAS they are immediately logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the chemical laboratory for testing. There our seasoned Environmental Chemists perform analyses under a rigorous quality control program using EPA recommended methods and state of the art equipment.

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Normal turn around for results is 10 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.